Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202

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Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten
BWV 202
secular cantata by J. S. Bach
Vocal SATB soloists and choir
  • oboe, violins, viola, continuo

Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten (Yield now, troubling shadows), BWV 202, is a secular cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach,[1] most likely composed for a wedding in Köthen around 1718,[2] possibly his own to Anna Magdalena on 3 December 1721 where she might have sung it herself. It is one of Bach's most recorded cantatas. The aria "Sich üben im Lieben" (To practice sweet courtship, to joyously cuddle) is frequently performed as a concert piece.

Scoring and movements[edit]

The work is scored for a solo soprano, oboe, violin I and II, viola, and basso continuo. It consists of nine movements, interspersing arias with varied texture and recitative with continuo.[3] The librettist is not known with certainty, but Harald Streck suspects Salomon Franck.[4]

  1. Aria (soprano, oboe, violins, viola, continuo) "Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten"
  2. Recitative (soprano, continuo) "Die Welt wird wieder neu"
  3. Aria (soprano, continuo) "Phoebus eilt mit schnellen Pferden"
  4. Recitative (soprano, continuo) "Drum sucht auch Amor sein Vergnügen"
  5. Aria (soprano, solo violin, continuo) "Wenn die Frühlingslüfte streichen"
  6. Recitative (soprano, continuo) "Und dieses ist das Glücke"
  7. Aria (soprano, oboe, continuo) "Sich üben im Lieben"
  8. Recitative (soprano, continuo) "So sei das Band der keuschen Liebe"
  9. Aria – Gavotte (soprano, oboe, violins, viola, continuo) "Sehet in Zufriedenheit"


  • Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner. Bach Cantatas. EMI, 1973.
  • Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman. J.S. Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 5. Erato, 1996.
  • Bach Babes, Jenny Gettel (soprano). Stravagante. BP Music, 2004.
  • Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Eugen Jochum. Centenaire Eugen Jochum 3. Tahra, 1973.
  • Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Peter Schreier. Bach Kantaten. EMI Classics, 1989.
  • Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter. J.S. Bach: Kantaten BWV 51 & BWV 202. Archiv Produktion, 1959.
  • Orchestra of the Bach Guild, Felix Prohaska. J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 202; Cantata No. 161. Vanguard Classics, 1952.
  • RIAS-Kammerorchester, Karl Ristenpart. The RIAS Bach Cantatas Project. Audite, 1951.
  • Stuyvesant Quartet; Mitchell Miller (Oboe); Philip Sklar (Bass-viol); Yella Pessl (Hapsichord), Yella Pessl and Elizabeth Schumann (soprano). RCA-Victor, 1939.



  1. ^ "Cantata BWV 202 Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten". Bach Cantatas. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Dürr, Alfred (1971). Die Kantaten von Johann Sebastian Bach (in German) 1. Bärenreiter. p. 700. OCLC 523584. 
  3. ^ "Kraemer conducts Bach" (PDF). Baroque.org. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Streck, Harald. Die Verskunst in den poetischen Texten zu den Kantaten J. S. Bachs. Dissertation: University Hamburg 1971.


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